One of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Awards has been awarded to Dan Johnson, a current Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. This semester, Johnson teaches ME350, marking the sixth class he has taught as a GSI since fall of 2007. Johnson plans on completing his degree within the next year then beginning his career in the field of mechanical engineering. “I hope to work for a few years in industry, but my ultimate goal is to join the mechanical engineering faculty at a university,” he said. ME Professors Albert Shih and James Ashton-Miller are his advisors.
The Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Awards are designed to honor students in Rackham Graduate School who are serving as GSIs as they actively pursue advanced degrees. The recipients must demonstrate exceptional ability and creativity as teachers, continued growth as teachers and as scholars in the course of their graduate programs, and outstanding mentorship to their students and colleagues.
Each year, nominations are reviewed by a committee of faculty and graduate students. Up to twenty awardees are selected by the Dean of the Graduate School, based upon the recommendations of this committee. Johnson and the other awardees for the 2009-2010 school year will be formally presented at a public ceremony in April 2010.